Always Double Check: Stores And Their Websites Still Sell Things At Wildly Different Prices

Always Double Check: Stores And Their Websites Still Sell Things At Wildly Different Prices

To we consumers, it feels like a store’s physical locations and their website are, y’know, all still part of the same store, and should be treated as such. But as we’ve found over and over, a chain’s retail storefronts and their web presence can be two very different beasts, with two different sets of inventory — and at two different sets of prices. [More]

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Amazon Extending Some Prime Benefits To Partner Sites

The way an Amazon Prime membership works right now, all of the perks of online shopping, like free two-day shipping, are benefits enjoyed only while purchasing goods on Amazon itself. But now Amazon is dipping its toes in the pool of friendship, as it’s joining up with partner sites to extend some of those benefits to shoppers buying stuff on other sites as well. [More]

Consumers’ Evolving Shopping Habits Mean There Aren’t As Many Jobs In Retail

Consumers’ Evolving Shopping Habits Mean There Aren’t As Many Jobs In Retail

Some days it’s hard to motivate yourself to go to the mall to shop, it’s just easier to shop online. We’ve all had those days, okay, maybe it’s just me, but still, tendencies like that are creating a problem of sorts for retail workers. The more efficient we’re becoming at buying our goods, the fewer retail workers are needed a new report shows. [More]

Banana Republic Accidentally Lets Customers Stack Coupon Codes, Notices, Cancels Orders

Banana Republic Accidentally Lets Customers Stack Coupon Codes, Notices, Cancels Orders

Rules are rules, and getting some special deals requires playing by the rules. If a company’s website lets you use multiple coupon codes together, then that means that the codes can be combined, no matter what the coupon fine print says, right? Well, no. [More]

Online State Sales Tax Solution Remains Elusive After Congress Declares ‘Fundamental Defects’ In Senate Bill

Online State Sales Tax Solution Remains Elusive After Congress Declares ‘Fundamental Defects’ In Senate Bill

After years of attempts to craft a federal law that would affirm states’ rights to tax online purchases, the issue may still be far from being resolved. The House Judiciary Committee has put the brakes on the Marketplace Fairness Act passed by the Senate in May. [More]

Can’t Find A Coupon Code For Online Stores? Just Ask

Can’t Find A Coupon Code For Online Stores? Just Ask

When you’re shopping online, you probably perform a cursory search online to find out whether the e-retailer you’re about to buy from has any coupons available online. Sites for sharing coupon codes like RetailMeNot are great to check quickly. What should you do if your search comes up empty? Don’t despair. Like brick-and-mortar retailers, online stores might have your back when you don’t bring your own coupons.  [More]

Overstock.com Faces $6.8 Million Penalty for Fraudulent Pricing Practices

Overstock.com Faces $6.8 Million Penalty for Fraudulent Pricing Practices

You know that guy in the Overstock.com commercial who buys an engagement ring for a steal? He may want to double-check how great that deal really was after a California judge ruled the company’s price comparison techniques are a bit shady. [More]

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Ann Taylor Figures Out How My Order Went On Friend’s Credit Card, Celebrates With Free Clothes

You may remember last week, when reader Patty wrote to us about having her friend’s credit card data somehow on her Ann Taylor Loft online ordering account. Since then, Patty heard back from someone at Ann Taylor, and while we don’t have the specifics of how her order went through on her friend’s credit card, the company is definitely trying to make things right with her. [More]

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Hey Best Buy, If You Want Us To Shop There, Try Selling People Stuff

Michael is buying his mother a new computer for Mother’s Day, because he’s a good son and she’s moving away soon. As long as he was buying a computer, he wanted to get some reward points from Best Buy on his credit card. Only he couldn’t. While the product page bragged of “free shipping,” Best Buy was not willing to ship the item. At all. [More]

What you pay for this stapler at Staples.com will depend on your ZIP code.

Staples.com & Others Charge You Different Prices Based On Where You Live

Most of us know that prices at a retail chain can vary from location to location. Conversely, many people assume shopping online means they’re getting the same price as everyone else in the country. Not always. [More]

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How Not Price-Matching Your Own Website Is Kind Of Inefficient

We understand why very few retailers will price-match their own websites. Online and meatspace retail are different markets, and the current system rewards people who are smart enough to order items online for in-store pickup. We guess. You have to admit, though, that the current system is kind of inefficient. That was Brian’s experience at Finish Line, anyway. He wanted a specific jacket, which was $69 online, but a higher sale price, $100, in the store. Only the store couldn’t give him the online price, because That’s Just Not Done. What did he do? He went home and ordered the jacket online. With free shipping. How efficient. [More]

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Thieves Get Grinchy By Following Delivery Trucks & Stealing Gifts From Doorsteps

While some of us are busy shopping online like Santa’s elves or buying gifts to celebrate Hanukkah, it’s also the time of the year when others get their Grinch on. But cops say three suspects in Massachusetts skipped going down chimneys to steal, and have instead been pulling a reverse St. Nick by swiping gifts from doorsteps moments after delivery trucks drop them off. [More]

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Study: Amazon Has Cheapest Toys Online [Cue Other Retailers Scrambling To Cut Prices]

In the retail world, it’s all about beating out the competition. And if you can offer the lowest prices and thus lure the most customers, well then you’re the winningest of all. A new analysis of retailers has come up with a big old carrot of motivation by saying Amazon has cheaper online prices for toys than major chains like Walmart and Target. Let the price wars begin, just in time for the holiday season. [More]

3 Things Not To Buy Online

In many cases it’s prudent not to buy things at retail, because you can usually find them cheaper online. But due to quirks inherent with online shopping, there are some things you’re still better off heading out to a physical store to buy yourself. [More]

Things Online Shoppers Shouldn't Do

You can shop online for years without ever having your information compromised, but not everyone can be so lucky. There are ways to guard yourself against thieves looking to swipe your money and personal information. [More]

Retail Websites Admit They Sort Of Encourage Drunk-Buying

Retail Websites Admit They Sort Of Encourage Drunk-Buying

Alcohol doesn’t make you do anything. But a few glasses of wine sure can quiet that voice in the back of your head that tries to tell you, “We don’t actually need that Tim Tebow Fathead wall sticker,” or whatever regrettable impulse buy you might be on the verge of making. And online retailers admit that those occasional after-work happy hours or the extra couple of drops of vodka in your homemade Bloody Mary that sometimes work out to their benefit. [More]

Research Shows Holiday Online Shopping Up 15% This Year

Research Shows Holiday Online Shopping Up 15% This Year

If they could make a noise, digital cash registers would have been busy ringing this year, as new research shows consumers are online shopping to the tune of 15% more than last year, up from $26.9 billion to $30.9 billion. [More]

Which Online Retailers Have The Fastest & Slowest Delivery Times?

Which Online Retailers Have The Fastest & Slowest Delivery Times?

Today is Free Shipping Day, which is pretty self-explanatory, but free shipping doesn’t mean good shipping. That’s why the folks at STELLAservice wanted to know which of the top 25 online retailers were able to get you your order in a timely manner. [More]